(Closed) Did you having a receiving line? Should I have one?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Should I have a receiving line?
    Yes, it is expected and guests will be mad if you don't : (3 votes)
    30 %
    No, its not neccessary. You'll say hi to everyone during the reception. : (6 votes)
    60 %
    Here's a better solution -explain! : (1 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    1506 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I agree with you that receiving lines are a pain in the rump, but if your family wants one and expects one you might have to cave. We lined up right outside the doors of the chuch so guests could say hello as they walked out. We kept it only to the bride and groom and our parents, which kept things quick. Another tip is to always make sure there’s someone to your right, so guests keep moving. If you’re at the end of the line people will stop and talk forever! We had 140 guests and no exaggeration the line was done in 15 minutes. It hardly took anytime at all and I was so happy that I didn’t have to worry about finding time to say hi to everyone individually at the reception.

    Post # 4
    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We plan to usher our guests out in place of a receiving line. That way, we are in charge of the hug/kiss/love you/thank you and keep things moving in a pace we prefer, rather than waiting on the line to move to us. We’re planning on doing this with 300+ guests, so hopefully 170 guests would go quick.

    I do agree, though, that if your family really wants one and are expecting one, I’d just suck it up and do one. It can be really tough to catch everyone at the reception when you’re trying to eat and being pulled in 100 different directions for dances, photos, cake, etc.

    Post # 5
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I didnt have one and I feel as though they create a bit of a delay between ceremony and reception

    Post # 6
    1962 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Your family might be expecting one if you have a large guest list like that. Usually if the guest list is over 50 people a receiving line is standard. If you think you will be able to make it around to all of your guests to say hello at the reception I wouldn’t worry about it too much. 

    In my personal experience receiving lines take less time than you would think since everyone is pushing to get out of the church and this stops up the doorway and stairs. My aunt had a wedding around the size you are expecting. She had a receiving line and walked around to guests at the reception. The only problem they had with walking around to guests at the reception was that it took so long most of the traditional events were massively delayed. The party felt like it dragged on a little since everyone had to wait longer for dancing, cake cutting, etc. 

    Keep in mind that talking to guests at the reception will also take longer since the setting will make people want to chat for extended periods of time. I’ve seen a lot of weddings where the bride and groom were held up at every table while the guests gushed about every little detail.

    Post # 7
    320 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We are not having one, and my grandparents are pretty upset about it…

    I just do not think we can. We are exiting our ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage that will take us to a site for pictures.

    Our ceremony and reception are taking place just steps from each other. Guests will walk right over to cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony..

    However, we are going to walk around and thank each table during the reception. We invited 170, but we are hoping for more like 130ish.

    As long as you find time to see and thank everyone for coming at some point, I don’t think the receiving line is necessary.

    Post # 8
    630 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I didn’t know anything about receiving lines before my pastor basically required us to have one (but we’re only having 30 guests at the ceremony)


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